Graysville teenager in custody after mother killed

Jamie Lee Wallace (Courtesy: Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept.)
Jamie Lee Wallace (Courtesy: Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept.)

GRAYSVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A 16-year-old boy in Graysville has been taken into custody for the Sunday evening murder of his mother.

Investigators say the boy, Jamie Lee Wallace, and his mother were involved in an argument after she confronted him for stealing a .38 caliber pistol from his grandfather's home the day before. The mother, identified as 39-year-old Michelle Ann Wallace, grabbed her 8-year-old son and ran from the house when authorities say Wallace threatened to kill her.

While the mother and her other son ran through the woods to the grandparents' home located nearby authorities say the suspect chased them, firing shots along the way.

When the victim reached the front porch of the home Wallace shot her twice. He's then alleged to have aimed the gun and pulled the trigger at his grandfather, who by this time was at the front door. When the gun didn't fire the grandfather wrestled the gun from the boy's hands.

The boy was taken into custody a short time later at a nearby truck stop where he attempted to steal a coal truck.

After being taken into custody, authorities said Wallace was cooperative and admitted to being angry at his mother over the argument. He also admitted shooting her.

He's now being held on Murder, Attempted Murder, two counts of Theft of Property (gun and vehicle) and Resisting Arrest.

He's being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $138,000 bond.